Jennie Garth joins "90210" spinoff

Actress Jennie Garth arrives at the 2007 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jennie Garth is returning to the old 90210 neighborhood.

Garth has joined the cast of the CW’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” spinoff as a recurring character, reprising her role as Kelly Taylor from the original series.

In the new show, Kelly plays a guidance counselor at her alma mater, West Beverly Hills High.

Garth, who also has starred on WB Network’s “What I Like About You” and on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” raised speculation about a possible stint on the new “90210” after she departed the CBS comedy pilot “My Best Friend’s Girl” in April.

Though she is not a regular on the new “90210,” her casting brings the new show closer to the traditional formula of a spinoff, featuring a character from the original series.

The “90210” spinoff is considered a lock for a series pickup at the CW and is expected to be the central piece of the network’s “upfront” programming presentation to advertisers in mid-May.

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